Lot 150. A rare ruby-ground falangcai 'floral' bowl, Yongzheng four-character mark in underglaze-blue within double-squares and of the period (1723-1735). Diamètre: 9,2 cm. (3 5/8 in.)Estimate EUR 120,000 - EUR 150,000. Price realised EUR 382,000© Christie's Image Ltd 2020. 

Reposant sur un petit pied, il est délicatement orné d'une série de fleurs épanouies comprenant la pivoine, l'hibiscus, le lys, le chrysanthème, le camélia et l'aster, le tout sur un fond émaillé couleur rubis. La base porte une marque Yongzheng Yuzhi à quatre caractères dans un double carrré.

Provenance: Sotheby's Hong Kong, 8 October 2013, lot 3258.

NoteThe decoration on the present lot was based on an earlier Kangxi type which had a different form and a coral-red ground. A pair of these Kangxi examples from the T.Y. Chao collection were sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 19 May 1987, lot 303, including one which is illustrated in Geng Baochang, Ming Qing ciqi jiandingHong Kong, 1993, pl. 379.

The present bowl belongs to a small group of vessels exclusively made for the Yongzheng emperor which bear the Yongzheng yuzhi marks. From the Yongzheng period onwards this design begins to be reserved on a ruby ground rather than a coral-red one. One example sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 29 November 1977, lot 163, is illustrated in Sotheby's Hong Kong, Twenty Years: 1973-1993, Hong Kong, 1993, pl. 221, together with a Jiaqing version of the same pattern, pl. 222. Two bowls of this design are in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, and are illustrated in Porcelain of the National Palace Museum: Fine Enamelled Ware of the Ch'ing Dynasty: Yung-cheng Period, vol. II, Hong Kong, 1967, pls 34-35. Another example in the British Museum in London is illustrated by Hugh Moss, By Imperial Command, Hong Kong, 1976, pl. 5. Also see one in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, published by Rose Kerr, Chinese Art and Design, London, 1992, pl. 92 (right); one from the T.Y. Chao collection which was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 18 November 1986, lot 130, and again on 5 November 1996, lot 87. Another pair of bowls was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 9 October 2007, lot 1508.

Christie'sArt d'Asie, Paris, 23 June 2020